Our primary enrichment programmes cover every aspect of English language aligning directly with the Ministry of Educations syllabus. Since Lorna Whiston was established in 1980 we have been ensuring the academic success of thousands of children island-wide.

Singaporean students work towards sitting their PSLE in Primary 6 and Lorna Whiston has consistently ensured students excel in their PSLE English exam with 97% of Lorna Whiston students scoring A* to B over the past 13 years.

Primary 1

For children 6 to 7 years old
Class duration 2 hours

Lorna Whiston's Primary 1 English Programme focuses on developing oral language skills, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and composition ensuring students excel through their first year at primary school. Building a strong foundation in the English language, children are involved in 7- 8 different language activities each lesson, to ensure that they are suitably stimulated and engaged.

In Primary 1 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • use standard English to express their ideas verbally
  • listen and respond to stories, poems and other literary stimuli
  • read age appropriate books confidently and with understanding
  • use phonic sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
  • use phonic sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
  • appreciate stories, retell a story in their own words and sequence the main events of a story
  • write a short composition with guidance and input from the teacher
  • attempt basic factual writing
  • understand and apply basic punctuation conventions
  • use a broad, age appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • attempt simple cloze passages using helping words
  • attempt reading comprehension passages (full sentence and multiple choice)
  • have a basic understanding of tenses and simple grammar (e.g. prepositions, conjunctions, nouns, verbs and adjectives)

Primary 2

For children 7 to 8 years old
Class duration 2 hours

Lorna Whiston's Primary 2 English Programme focuses on building upon the children's vocabulary and developing proficient reading and writing skills. In addition, there is a strong oral language component to the programme which ensures that the children are well prepared for the oral exams.

In Primary 2 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly using standard English, and take part confidently in show and tell activities
  • work co-operatively in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve and present ideas
  • read age appropriate books confidently and with understanding, and be able to read for gist (the general idea) and for specific information
  • summarize a book in their own words, and comment on both the main events and the characters
  • understand and apply general punctuation conventions, including the use of direct speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete cloze passages
  • attempt reading comprehension passages (full sentence and multiple choice)
  • have a basic understanding of tenses (present, past and future) and simple grammar (e.g. irregular nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, comparatives, superlatives, modal verbs, imperatives)

Primary 1 & 2 Focus on Composition

For children 6 to 8 years old
Class duration 2 hours

Focus on Composition is a programme for students who wish to further develop their writing skills for school. Strong emphasis is placed on picture guided composition writing as well as some journal writing. Students learn different methods to analyse pictures for picture compositions such as questioning, making connections and predicting and inferring. They learn to brainstorm, visualise and organise imaginative ideas for writing through modelling, games and role play. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on learning how to structure sentences and paragraphs correctly, using interesting and precise vocabulary. Students are introduced to and practise aspects of the six traits of writing such as show and not tell, linking ideas together, connecting with readers, using powerful verbs, varying sentence structure and following grammar and punctuation rules.

In Focus on Composition we build confidence in the following skills:
  • analysing pictures for picture-guided compositions (single, series of four and series of three plus a question mark)
  • developing storylines and imagine convincing ideas for stories
  • organising and sequencing their ideas
  • planning their writing
  • structuring their writing into paragraphs
  • using a variety of sentence structures and lengths
  • writing with a greater accuracy, using a variety of tenses and grammatical forms
  • following conventions such as using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • writing interesting compositions on a variety of different themes
  • using a wider and more expressive vocabulary
  • punctuating their writing with greater accuracy
  • developing a greater interest in reading and writing
  • being confident in sharing their ideas and compositions

Primary 3

For children 8 to 9 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Lorna Whiston's Primary 3 English Programme focuses on giving students a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and ensuring that they are able to use a broad and expressive vocabulary in both speech and writing. Moreover, our Primary 3 English programme aims to develop children's language accuracy, by providing them with specific instruction in grammar and tense usage.

In Primary 3 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly using standard English, and take part confidently in show and tell activities
  • work co-operatively in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions, and present and review ideas
  • read age appropriate books with understanding, and be able to skim and scan texts for gist (the general idea) and for specific information
  • summarize a book in their own words, and comment on the main events, characters and plot
  • plan, draft, write and edit their own compositions
  • write in different genres, including letters, poems, summaries, narratives and descriptions
  • understand and apply general punctuation conventions, including the use of direct speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete cloze passages
  • succeed with reading comprehension passages (full sentence and multiple choice) based on different text types
  • have a good understanding of tenses (present, past and future) and simple grammar (adjectives, adverbs, synonyms, antonyms, compound words, smilies, conjunctions, comparatives,superlatives and conditionals)

Primary 4

For children 9 to 10 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Lorna Whiston's Primary 4 English Programme helps students move into the upper primary years with confidence, by providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in school. We focus on developing skills in the four main areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as guidance and instruction in the areas of vocabulary and grammar usage. One important feature we introduce at this level is a strong focus on study skills ensuring students understand not only taught how to cope with syllabus content, but also how to study effectively.

In Primary 4 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly using standard English, and take part confidently in group discussions, problem-solving activities and group presentations
  • listen and respond appropriately to a variety of aural stimuli based on different genres
  • read age appropriate books with understanding, and infer meaning from contextual clues
  • skim and scan both fictional and factual texts for gist (the general idea) and for specific information
  • present a summary of a text in their own words, and comment on the main events, the characters, the plot and predicted outcomes
  • plan, draft, write and edit their own compositions
  • write in different genres, including compositions, letters, poems, summaries, narratives, play scripts, imaginative stories and descriptions
  • understand and apply punctuation conventions, including the use of direct and indirect speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete grammar cloze and vocabulary cloze passages
  • succeed with reading comprehension passages (full sentence and multiple choice) based on different text types
  • have a good understanding of tenses (present, past and future) and grammar (adjectives, adverbs, possessive and relative pronouns, relative clauses, articles)

Primary 5

For children 10 to 11 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Lorna Whiston's Primary 5 English Programme helps students move into the upper primary years with confidence, by providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in school. We focus on developing skills in the four main areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as guidance and instruction in the areas of vocabulary and grammar usage. We also continue to have a strong focus on study skills ensuring students are guided on how to study as effectively as possible in order to manage their time and maximize their chances of success in the school exams.

In Primary 5 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly using standard English, and take part confidently in group discussions, problem-solving activities and group presentations
  • listen and respond appropriately to a variety of stories, factual texts and short film excerpts
  • read age appropriate books with understanding, analyse characters' motives and infer meaning from contextual clues
  • complete reading comprehensions and cloze passages
  • present a summary of a text in their own words, and comment on the main events, the characters, the plot and predicted outcomes
  • plan, draft, write and edit their own compositions
  • write in different genres, including compositions, letters, poems, summaries, narratives, play scripts, imaginative stories and descriptions
  • understand and apply punctuation conventions, including the use of direct and indirect speech and paragraphing
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly and accurately, including idiomatic language
  • understand and use tenses (present, past, future and perfect tenses) accurately and have a good knowledge of grammar (adjectives, adverbs, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, modal verbs, relative clauses, relative pronouns, articles and prepositional phrases)

Primary 6 (PSLE Preparation Programme)

For children 11 to 12 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Primary 6 is the most important academic year as Singaporean students sit for their PSLE. Lorna Whiston's Primary 6 English PSLE Preparation Programme has been specifically developed to cover all areas of the PSLE English language syllabus, as stipulated by the Ministry of Education. We also continue to have a strong focus on study skills ensuring students learn and revise as effectively as possible for the PSLE. Over the past 13 years Lorna Whiston has consistently prepared students for success in their PSLE English exam with 97% of our students scoring A* to B.

In Primary 6 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly using standard English, and take part confidently in conversations, group discussions, problem-solving activities and group presentations
  • describe a picture in detail, using a broad vocabulary and a range of structures and expressions
  • read aloud fluently and expressively
  • listen to and answer questions on a variety of texts
  • read age appropriate books with understanding, analyse characters' motives and infer meaning from contextual clues
  • complete reading comprehensions and cloze passages (including graphic stimulus)
  • complete synthesis and transformation exercises successfully
  • plan, draft, write and edit and improve upon their own compositions
  • manage functional writing tasks adeptly, including letters, notes, postcards, memos etc
  • use a broad and expressive vocabulary in both speech and writing
  • understand and use tenses (present, past, future and perfect tenses) accurately, and show a good knowledge of grammar (expressive adjectives & adverbs, synonyms, modal verbs, relative clauses, phrasal verbs, idioms, metaphors, similes)
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